Our guides and porters

The guides and porters are the Masters of the Mountain

For the duration of your Kilimanjaro trek, your guide will be your adviser, he will lead you to the summit, and he will bring you down safely again. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.
The guide recruits the porters and trains up a team which he himself will lead. Just before moving off, he spreads the loads between them not more than 15kgs for each porter. He accompanies the climbers during the entire trek and can generally answer any questions about plants and wildlife. On the camp group, guide and porters make the camping arrangements and prepare meals. Their day’s work begins before the climbers wake up and ends late with lengthy conversations and card games long into the night.

Good equipment is vital to a safe and enjoyable climb. Sure, in superb weather conditions you could climb the mountain in a pair of old trainers, your oldest pair of long trousers and with a couple of sweaters thrown in you will only suffer badly during the last night of the ascent. However, let the weather change for the worse, a couple of hours driving rain soon after setting off from the , and you could be dead from hypothermia very rapidly.
Qualified and experienced guides

All our treks up the mountain are lead by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients.
Support staff ratios

The average ratio of our support staff to climbers is 2-3 porters per climber, a cook and one guide . This excellent staff to clients ratio, bolstered by our superior support equipment, will ensure your safety and enjoyment on the mountain.

Porters and cook

The porters do not only transport your gear and the supplies up and down the mountain. Arriving at every mountain hut or camp site long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.

Weight limits for porters

Remember that there is a weight limit of 15 kg (30 lbs) per climber, on the gear of each climber to be portaged. A soft duffel bag (barrel type) is preferred – or a waterproof rucksack!

All climbs include a team of mountain guides, cooks and porters, typically …

2 climbers : 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 4 porters and 1 cook
3 climbers : 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 5-6 porters and 1 cook
5 climbers : 1 guide, 2 assistant guides, 12-13 porters and 1 cook

Even with porters, it is recommended that each member of the party carry a light weight day pack containing at the very least a waterproof jacket, nibbles to eat on the walk, a 1 liter bottle of water and a warm pullover to put on at rest stops. Plus of course camera and valuables.

Tipping

Rate of pay varies with the route you take to go up the mountain, we would suggest that you evaluate the tipping not only by how efficiently the porters carry your own equipment but also for services rendered, such as getting you a better place in the huts and how good the food was etc plus of course whether or not your guide has been / is generally informative about the mountain in all its aspects.
You could have a look to a latest edition of a Mountain Guide Book or take following figures as a guideline: (2010) The tipping is to be divided between the group.
Mountain Guide 100 – 120 U$

Assistant Guide 80 U$

Cook 80 – 100 US$

Per each porter 30-50 US$

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